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cable satellite corp. 2017] >> we're going to leave this now. whether he return to it in its entirety -- we will return to it on its entirety later this evening. you can watch the hearing any time on cspan.org. we are leaving it because the house is about to come back into session for a series of votes on three homeland security bills. watching live coverage of the u.s. house now here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. pursuant to clause 8 of rule
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20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. h.r. 1294 by the yeas and nays. h.r. 1249 by the yabes, h.r. 12523 by the yeas and nays. the electronic votes -- the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote and the remaining votes will be five-minute votes. the vote is on the motion on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 12 4 a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to provide for congressional notification and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. . this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 408. the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. he house will be in order.
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he house will be in order. members, please take your conversations from the well. and from the aisle. find a seat. or remove your conversations rom the floor. proceedings in the house will not continue until the house is n order. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek
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recognition? mr. polis: mr. speaker, pursuant clause 2-a-1 of rule 9, i will equivalent the -- question the privileges of the house. the form of my resolution is as follows. mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may continue. mr. polis: resolution. expressing the sense of the house of representatives that the president shall immediately disclose his tax return information to congress and the american people. whereas in the united states system of checks and balances, congress has a responsibility to hold the executive branch of government to the highest standards of transparency, to ensure the public interest is placed first. whereas, according to the tax history project, every president since gerald ford has disclosed their tax returns information to the public. whereas tax returns provide an important baseline disclosure, because they contain highly
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instructive information -- >> mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. there is as much ambient conversation on this side of the aisle as there is on this side of the aisle. so the chair respectfully asks all of the members engaged in conversation to simply remove your conversation from the floor. the gentleman may continue. mr. polis: clause 4, whereas tax returns provide an important baseline disclosure, because they contain highly instructive information, including whether the candidate can be influenced by foreign entities and reveal any conflict of interest. whereas article 1, section 9 of the constitution states that no person holding any office of profit or trust under them
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shall, without the consent of congress, accept any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatever from any king, prince or foreign state. whereas disclosure of the president's tax returns is important toward investigating russian influence in the 2016 election. understanding the president's financial ties to the russian fet ration and russian -- federation and russian citizens, including debts owed and whether he shares any partnership interest, equity interest, joint ventures or licensing agreements with russia or russian nationals, formally for informally associated with vladimir putin. whereas "the new york times" has reported that president trump's close senior advisor, including carter page, paul manafort, roger stone and general michael flynn, have been under investigation by the federal bureau of investigations for their ties to the russian federation. whereas russian deputy foreign minister told interfacts, a russian media outlet on november
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10, 2016, that, quote, there were contacts, end quote, with donald trump's 2016 campaign. and it has been reported that members of president trump's inner circle were in contact with senior russian officials throughout the 2016 campaign. whereas general michael flynn, former national security advisor of president trump, received almost $68,000 in fees and expenses from russian entities in 2015, including by an entity recognized by u.s. intelligence agencies as an arm of the russian government. whereas f.b.i. director comey stated in the permanent select committee on intelligence today, hearing on russian interference with the november, 2016, election, that, quote, there is no information to support those tweets, end quote, relating to president trump's allegations that president obama illegally wiretapped the trump campaign. whereas distracting investigators with dead end leads and outrageous statements is a common tactic for those with a guilty conscience or a deliberate effort to throw off
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investigators, whereas according to his 2016 candidate filing with the federal election commission, the president has $ -- 564 financial positions in companies located in the united states and around the world. whereas according to the "the washington post," the trump international hotel in washington, d.c., has hired a director of diplomat sales to generate high -- diplomatic sales to generate high-priced business with foreign delegations. whereas the chairman of the ways and means committee, joint committee on taxation, and senate finance committee have the authority to request the president's tax returns under section 6103 of the tax code. whereas the ways and means committee used i.r.c. 6103 short authority in 2014 to make public the information of 51 taxpayers. whereas the american people have the right to know whether or not their president is operating under conflicts of interest related to international affairs, tax reform, government contracts or otherwise. now, therefore be it resolved
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that the house of representatives shall, one, immediately request the tax return information -- >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: members of the house, we are very close. the gentleman may continue. mr. polis: one, immediately request the tax return information of donald j. trump for tax years 2006 through 2015, for review, in cled executive session by the committeon ways and means as provided under section 6103 of the internal revenue code and vote to report the information therein to the full house of representatives. two, support transparency in government and the long standing tradition of presidents and presidential canned kates disclosing their tax -- candidates disclosing their tax returns. the speaker pro tempore: under rule 9, a resolution offered from the floor by a member other than the majority leader or the minority leader as a question of the privileges of the house has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the chair within two legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed. pending that designation, the
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form of the resolution noticed by the gentleman from colorado will appear in the record as ath this point -- at this point. the chair will not at this point determine whether the resolution constitutes a question of privilege. that determination will be made at the time designated for consideration of the resolution. mr. polis: parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. polis: previous motions by ms. eshoo, mr. pascrell and mr. crowley were ruled upon immediately. what is different about today's resolution? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will inform the gentleman of the scheduling, as i said earlier, within the limits of rule 9. mr. polis: further request. does today's hearing in the select committee on intelligence provide additional relevant information to the speaker in order to make this decision? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is reminded that the leadership will give the gentleman timely notice of his question. mr. polis: mr. speaker, one additional parliamentary inquiry. we won't even vote if we
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can find out if the president has financial files with russia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is no longer recognized. the chair is prepared to resume proceedings on votes postponed earlier. without objection. five-minute voting, unfinished business is vote on the the gentleman from pennsylvania to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1249. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill toll amend the homeland security act of 2002 to require a 2002 and for other purposes. ism the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is
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expressly prohibited by the .s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 409, the nays are zero. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title is amended. the unfinished business is vote on the motion of the the gentleman from louisiana to
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suspend h.r. 1252 as amended. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to america to provide for certain acquisition authorities for secretary of management for department of homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 407, the nays are 1. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk two privilege red ports from the committee on rules for
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filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 209, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h r. 372, to restore the application of the federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers. report to accompany house resolution 210, resolution provising for consideration of the bill h.r. 1101, to amend title 1 of the employee retirement income security act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneur with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from tennessee seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a privileged report if the committee on the budget. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: recourt to apomp -- accompany h r. -- to accompany h.r. 1628, pursuant to title 2 on the budget for fiscal year 2017. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the union calendar anded ored printed. - and ordered printed. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute.
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ms. ros-lehtinen: i rise today to recognize viscaya, an inacredited museum and national historic landmark located in my congressional district and the legacy of visionary james deary who created it 00 years ago. with the help of his nieces, public officials and private citizens, it's been serving as a public resource for more than 60 years now. today it is at its origin of modern miami's interest in art and international -- international culture and innovation an welcoming over 275,000 guests each year. it will restore several historic village buildings and the surrounding landscape which will enable them to tell the full story of the estate, including the leg se of its workers and to
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accommodate new programs for students and families including those on urban farming. viscaya's future will be rooted in its history, directed toward the demands of 21st century miami. for 100 years, mr. speaker, viscaya has been a place for people to gather, to learn, to engage in social activity and to find inspiration. its continued evolution will cement its role as miami's cultural hub. thank you, mr. speaker, for the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the g.o.p.'s american health care act would turn back the clock on health
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care for the american people while driving states toward bankruptcy and devastating our economy. under the affordable care act, one million people in illinois gained health insurance. under this plan, over a million would lose it. millions more across our country currently are receiving coverage through their employment, through their jobs, would lose their health care as well. state and local budgets would face cuts in federal aid, forcing a choice between cutting coverage and raising taxes. my home state of illinois alone would lose $40 billion over the next decade. and this bill would wreak havoc on the american economy. the american health care act would kill nearly two million jobs while eliminating billions in health care funding that would otherwise support hospitals, community health services and the development of new crures. mr. krishnamoorthi: we need to invest in the health of our
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people and our economy, unfortunately this plan does neither. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the spring creek travel unlimited chapter located in pennsylvania's fifth congressional district for receiving the national 2016 gold trout award as the nation's most popular trout unlimited chapter. their work has been world class. water quality monitor, red count and angler surveys totaling more than 4,500 hour. these volunteer efforts are valued at more than $210,000. beyond this outstanding conservation activity, the
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chapter reach into the community, hosting activities and events. the veterans' partnership program serves hundreds of veterans with a power of healing and community. i look fwrd to joining members of the spring creek trout unlimited to celebrate their gold trout award. it's one of 400 trout unlimited chapters across the country this outstanding acheement shows the power, dedication of teamwork from local travel unlimit -- from local trout unlimited members. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has ex-peered. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker , in a methodical questioning of mr. comey today in the intelligence committee, let me recount for you and my colleagues the responses of mr. comey.
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mr. trump's tweet, march 4, 2017, terrible, just found out obama had my wires tapped in trump tower, nothing found, this is mccarthyism. mr. comey said no, it did not happen. march 4, 2017. is it legal for a sitting president to be wiretapping a race for president turned down by court earlier, a new low. mr. comey said no, it did not happen. mr. comey, the f.b.i. director. again of march 4, 2014, i bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that president obama was tapping my phones in october just prior to the lech. again, mr. comey said no. then again on march 4, again, mr. trump, how low has president obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. this is nixon-watergate, bad or sick guy. mr. comey, the f.b.i. director said no. definitively, mr. trump did not tell the truth.
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more investigation, deliberatively, to determine the status of the actions of the president of the united states, accusing a former president of a criminal felony which did not happen, it did not happen. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker this past saturday, in my own first congressional district of california, we had the first of a series of town hall meetings. mr. lamalfa: this one in nevada county at the grass valley fair grounds. it was a good meeting. a bit raucous at time. but it was a good dialogue to get started with the dialogue we need to have in northern california on the very important issues we're having that we're working on here in congress. there was agreement and disagreements on where we should go with the a.c.a. treatment. where we should go with funding
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of e.p.a. but what i'm happiest about is that at least erp we were able to come together, 1,400 people america and my staff and have a dialogue that again at times was a little loud a little raucous but also people looking forward to being able to hear each other and listen to each other on the issues that are important as we go forward in this congress. so i commend people of nevada county for reaching out and for helping us get started with our outreach that we're going to have in northern california. up next, butte county and shasta county, farther reaches alyle bit later. this is a good dialogue we need to have. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: i rise today to defend public broadcasting and honor the late fred rogers whose birthday is today, march 20.
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known fondly by millions simply as mr. rogers, his wonderful, wonderful, beloved presence has reached millions of homes across our nation, captivating generations of children and even adults. the corporation for public broadcasting is a vital part of america, including cities but small towns as well. and npr and pbs stations will be disproportionately impacted by president trump's proposed budget zeroing out public broadcasting. it's not right. president trump's travel bill to m mar-a-lago and the growing security the american people are paying over his trump tower in new york which reports show to already in the tens of millions of dollars will soon swamp the $200 million america dedicates to public broad katzing annually. we've been here before. in 1969, president richard nixon threatened to slash funding for pbs and mr. rogers went before the senate to defend public
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broadcasting and its importance to our children. i know i'm not alone in wishing mr. rogers were with us once again to make the case for , my's children. i hope the president will join me in supporting public broadcasting that boosts confidence in children and helps them learn to enjoy learning. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to pay tribute to a community leader, pioneer, and a humanitarian, mr. antonio c. martinez. he was one of the first dominican americans members of the new york state bar. he was born in santiago, dominican republic, in 1926 and
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immigrated to the united states with his mother through ellis island. mr. espaillat: he passed away in 1969, leaving a great leg shism atened hunter college in manhattan and graduated from brooklyn law school in 1956. when the call to duty came in world war ii, he enlisted in the u.s. army. he dedicated his 43 years of legal career to immigration, assisting thousanding of families through the process of legal he entering the united states. his efforts and the cases he's argued help improve the law. i am privileged to speak from my heart about antonio's great work in the legal field because my family and i were fortunate enough to have antonio represent us when we needed to navigate the immigration system here in the united states. antonio's dedication to our legal system played an porn role. i'm proud to say that as the first dominican american congressman, my family and i are proud of the work he did.
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today his professional legacy lives on with his son who is here in the gallery. we're happy to recognize his legacy work of many years. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are there any other one-minute equests? the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. fortenberry of nebraska for today and mr. jeffries of new york for march 17. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. ms. plaskett: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of this special
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order hour. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. plaskett: for the next 60 minutes, mr. speaker, it is with great honor that i rise to co-anchor this c.b.c. special order hour. for the next 60 minutes we have a chance to speak directly to the american people on issues of great importance to the congressional black caucus, to congress, and to constituents who represent all americans. at this time, mr. speaker, we would like to use this time to talk about the affordable health care act. what do you have to lose? what do you have to, mr. speaker? such was president trump's constant refrain to the african-american community when rallying for their support of his administration's various policies. mr. speaker, today i rise to say that with critical elements of the american health care policy on the chopping block, african-americans have a lot to lose. possibly even their lives. there is much at stake if president trump and the
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republican-controlled congress' health care policies take shape in their current form. by illustration, i want to address the impact on low-income families and individuals in the virgin islands who rely on medicaid and presently medicaid is capped in the virgin islands. you can look at our territory as an example of what will happen when there's a cap on services which the compromise -- which could compromise the state or local government's ability to administer to those in need. especially when states and localities face downturns of manmade and natural origin. medicaid covers one in five americans and of those the majority of enrollees are children and individuals with disabilities. under the affordable care act, widely known as obamacare, millions of african-americans finally gained access to health
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care coverage. in 2015, approximately 11.2 million african-americans became eligible for medicaid through the expansion. health care that they previously would have cost much ich and more. president trump and republicans in congress propose converting medicaid from a shared payment program between states and federal government where federal government puts a cap on its payment assistance creating a huge cost shift to the states. if you want to know what they have to lose, look no further than my home. it's a grim outlook. in the caps on medicaid virgin islands, a where spending is open-ebbeded, the
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virgin islands can only access federal dollars up to an annual ceiling. beyond that cap, the virgin islands is responsible. that means many who would qualify in other states and in other circumstances don't get the health care needs they need now. under the proposed fiscal arrangement, they don't take into unpredictable changes such as the closure of a major employer or natural disasters, forcing the critical support services on to restrained budgets. states and local governments would have to make tough choices to reduce services or restrict eligibility in enrollment. those are the choices that virgin islanders must make. the most vull verbal in our
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constituents who need the safety net that medicaid by definition is supposed to provide have the final option cut out. when it comes to medicaid coverage, it struggles to provide low-income families. first, when the affordable care act raised the territory's federal medicaid percentage up o 83% for newly eligible enrollees, this increased funding did not apply to the previously enrolled that the federal government matched at 55% requiring that the remaining costs to be covered by the virgin islands. they are not included in the disproportional share, dish program, which would shoulder the unanticipated costs our hospitals must take on to provide adequate care for
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individuals. since they have no insurance and three, with no affordable care act exchange and no federal subsidies to create our health exchange, they were only able to cover if they met the requirement. that means that 30% of virgin islanders presently have no health insurance. this is what the states are going to have if this affordable care act as it stands is passed. a cap on medicaid is a cap on medical services that our constituents can't do without. and in poor communities, it will be more impactful. when obamacare extended medicaid on the island of st. croix. that clinic has been able to serve many people providing
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them with medical care, showers, meals and transportation. on st. thomas with the east end health clinic and able to extend their services to people. if this funding decreases or current ogether, our health care struggle is set to become a future hardship. to provide medicaid to a significant number of their population should it become law. how do we avoid this. do not place a cap on medicaid. too many in the african-american communities have everything to lose if health care policies goes in this direction. at this time, i would ask to yield to my colleague, the distinguished the gentleman from pennsylvania, dwight evans, five minutes at this point.
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mr. evans: i would like to thank the gentlelady from virgin islands. last summer when speaking to the african-american community at a rally in philadelphia, president trump asked the question, what do you have to lose? yes. he asked that question, what do you have to lose. president trump, what don't we have to lose? the programs the president wants to cut is the community development block grants. meals on wheels. funding for medicare. these are programs that help combat poverty by providing resources for better schools and food nutritional programs. these are the programs that will help provide for the most vulnerable, americans who are
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fighting every day to try to get ahead. what do we have to lose? look at the republicans trying to do with the affordable care act. they say they want to cut costs and cover more americans, but their plan doesn't do that, it does the opposite. take for example how they want to change the core structure of medicare. they want to shift the medicaid rom an open-end medicare program that doesn't take into individual needs on a case-by-case basis. what do we have to lose? all of the investments that we have made to try to stabilize our city. the budget cuts will haveal direct impact. take for an example, university hospital in the heart of the
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2nd congressional district. temple hospital stands to lose 45 million in funding this translates less to jobs for our city and reduces the capacity. the president's proposal takes our city backwards. it unrails all the hard work to make our community more stable. what do we have to lose? everything. it builds a brighter future for our neighborhoods block-by-block. it's time to speak up and hold our president accountable. president trump, we have a lot to lose. we are going to make sure you hear our message and our voice. i yield back the balance of my time. ms. plaskett: thank you so much my distinguished colleague from philadelphia and the information you have shared with us. i would asked that the
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gentlelady from chicago, robin elly would speak and i yield five minutes to her so she can expound on this question, what do we have to lose. ms. kelly: it's an honor to be with you and thank you for your hard work in helping us to keep families healthy and thank you c.b.c. chairman. i rise to speak out for more han 975,000 residents of illinois, including 240,000 children that my republican colleagues are plotting to strip of their health insurance. this bill, the american health care act ends the guarantee of accessible health care. this bill puts politics before people. but it isn't the politics that matters. mrs. johnson a forwarding her
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cancer treatment matters. a 45-year-old dying matters. keeping our neighbors healthy no matter what street they live on, will keep us all healthy. what are my republican colleagues thinking? this bill was introduced at night, but the cover of darkness cannot hide the fact that this bill will kill thousands of hundreds of americans and because of this bad bill, more americans will die of cancer, nor can it conceal the fact that millions of older americans will be punished by the republicans' new age tax. the affordable care act protects older americans from insurance companies who want to charge thousands and thousands more. while this bill was written to empower insurance executives the affordable care act protects e.
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it includes access, safeguards for america's elderly, people living with disabilities, children and young adults. the g.o.p.'s american health care act reduces consumer protection and they will be left with more expensive health care coverage plans and many will lose it. a disproportionate number of those losing insurance will come from african-americans, latino and pacific-islander communities, women, children and older americans especially those living on the edge. as chair of the congressional black caucus, i'm working to close the gap that is plaguing these communities. this bill would make these disparities even worse. the a.c.a. more than half the uninsured rate and half the national uninsured rate.
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the congressional budget office makes it clear this will not continue in a positive way. in less than 10 years, 52 million americans will be uninsured. these will be our grandmothers and grandfathers. my state, illinois, will have to cut medicare eligibility more than 523,000 will lose their health care because of this provision. the g.o.p. plans to defund planned parenthood, a decision that mines 60,000 residents of illinois will go without screeningings. the list of the not very good and bad things that the republican health care bill will go on and on and on and make us sicker and raises the national debt and kills 1. 2 million american jobs and stops
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us from reaching the goal the ability of every american to live a long healthy life. can we get serious and call your g.o.p. health care bill what it really is, the trump don't-care bill. the congressional black caucus cares. and they'll care enough to do the right thing and oppose this bill. i thank you and yield back. ms. plaskett: thank you so much, congresswoman kelly, for that information you are sharing and for the work of the congressional black caucus and the information you are giving d the seminars and the different experiences that you have gone throughout the country. let us know about some of the places that the congressional black caucus have had brain trusts? ms. kelly: we have been to south carolina.
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we have been to a couple of places in los angeles as well as oakland to deal with the issue of aids. and my town of chicago, we had health care seminars and we have had health -- big health fairs so we can make sure people can get checked, mental health checks and aids -- we gave food to people that might be in food deserts and tried to be well rounded and tried to educate people. and going forward this week we plan to be on a call with ministers across the united states so they know what's going on and help their constituents in this fight against this new health care bill. ms. plaskett: i know the work you have done in health disparities that african-americans face, we
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disproportionately are struck with hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, which are some of the things that we are concerned about. this will affect african-americans because those will be pre-existing conditions which they are not covered. ms. kelly: the top 10 diseases die from, african-americans die more from him eight out of the top 10. this bill isn't going to send us in a better direction. we want to do better and we were doing better especially around the area of cancer. so we don't want to see this bill passed and educate as many people as possible and call their congressperson and senator. ms. plaskett: thank you so much. i thank chairman richmond for
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allowing the congressional black caucus to speak before all of you. i would like to speak to my distinguished co-chair, mike veasey of texas, who has some information about what we have to lose under the new affordable care act that is being considered by the republicans at this time. mr. veasey: i want to thank the gentlelady from the virgin islands and i always appreciate hearing from my colleague from the chicago area, robin, appreciate everything you're doing as well. yeah, it was interesting, the president posed that question, what do you have to lose? and what he was referencing that to was the african-american community, instead of offering anything of substance just kind of put out that very simple question. i've got to tell you, it's pretty evident what we have to lose now. not only a lot of the gains made
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under the obama administration but some of that is near and dear to all of us, that's health care. i think about the district that i represent and about 40,000 people or more have actually been covered because of the affordable care act and they will probably lose that insurance if -- if trump care were to become law. if you represent lower income families and workers out there, that's a scary prospect. it's already bad enough that the state of texas made probably what's considered one of the biggest policy blunders in texas state legislative history when they decided to not expand medicaid which left so many others statewide, including in the district i represent, off the insurance rolls. and you know what do you have to lose? there's so many ways so many areas that i can sort of describe what you would have to lose.
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the first thing i think about in the dallas-fort worth area, if you lose your insurance, of course that means the burden falls back on john peter smith hospital, one of our county hospitals in the north texas area, and parkland hospital in dallas. so instead of people having insurance that they pay into, that they have, that -- where they can go and see a doctor, they will end up back in the county hospital rolls and of course that will end up costing the taxpayers more money. during president trump's first days, the republicans introduced this legislation that again will just decimate the prgress of so many -- that so many people around the country have seen under the affordable care act. this thursday, as we actually mark the seventh anniversary of the signing of the affordable care act, the house is set to vote on the republicans' health
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care replacement. ironically, on a day we should be celebrating the tremendous progress our country has made since this landmark law's passage, we will be defending the merits and our continued battle to fight its repeal. so what does the black community have to lose? again, we pose that question. the congressional budget office estimates that, there's a republican appointee who runs that, by the way, says 24 million people will lose their health care insurance. of those 24 million who are set to be kicked off their health care plan and sent out to nowhere, african-americans are going to be hit the hardest. the a.c.a. boosted the rican-american insured rate lightly to 88%, just below the 91% national figure. some of those gains stem from medicaid expansion under the a.c.a. where nearly 15 million
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of the nearly 40 million african-americans gained coverage. that's what i was talking about a little bit earlier. in texas, we did not get to benefit from that. that would have been a huge benefit to us. but it's considered one of the biggest public policy blunders in the country as you see republican governors are actually afraid right now that the medicaid expansion that's benefited their state, that thear going to lose out on that, because of this repeal that's going to take place. they're pushing back. they're saying that this whole trumpcare and ryancare plan is a hot mess and that they don't -- they absolutely want nothing to do with it. also important to remember, under the republican plan, the decision to cut $880 billion from medicaid over this next 10 years will translit to millions of african-americans potentially losing health care. while these numbers are alarming, it is the human impact
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that cannot be lost on g.o.p. colleagues. i've heard directly from constituents that i serve how the a.c.a. has improved or saved their lives and i would like to actually share some of those stories with you today. one of the constituents that i serve works for the -- worked for the same company for 35 years but was forced to retire because of declining health before he was eligible for medicare. he faces drug costs of over $500 per day and requires a life-saving procedure four times a year that costs $14,000 per treatment. you can imagine what $14,000 per treatment would do. mskett: how many times a year in mr. veasey: four times a year. a $14,000 treatment. his medical costs per month is $15,000. with the implementation of the affordable care act, he had
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access to the quality care that helped ease his financial burden. under the republican plan, this hardworking man this taxpayer, this person that is -- that has worked hard, that worked for one company for 35 years, you know, that used to mean so much in this country, when people would give 35 years to one company and expected to be treated right and under the republican plan, this hardworking man would pay thousands of dollars in out of pocket medical expenses for lifetime savings care that would not be covered by this disastrous plan that we're actually going to have to take a vote on on thursday. it's stories like that that i think are really sad and why we need to tap the brakes and see what we can do to help make the current health care plan that we have, the ample c.a., we can help make it stronger, help make
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it better to help out people like this gentleman that are going to be left out in the cold. like who in the world, like you have to really be wondering what our republican colleagues are thinking because it's not just the constituents that i represent. it's many of the constituents that they represent too. i can tell you, out of the allas-fworts -- out of the dallas-fort worth metroplex, i represent largely urban areas, there are a lot of people that live out in rural areas that live outside of dallas and fworts that live outside of dallas county and tarrant county, they consider themselves conservative. and i can tell you that they cannot afford $14,000 per treatment. if republicans pass their plan, that's what they're going to be left with. they are not going to be able to afford it. they're not going to get the care they need. that's what they need to understand tonight. that's what the republicans need
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to understand tonight. the only thing that they can guarantee individuals like i just talked about is that they are going to be paying a whole lot more for a lot less coverage. i think that's really a shame. another constituent was forced to pay $100 per month for medically necessary birth control pills after her husband 2010. s job in luckily, the affordable care act provided access to health care and now her birth control that she needs is covered in full. and that's important too. we've actually seen pregnancy rates, teen pregnancy rates in this country drop all over the country, which is good. because when people can afford to start a family when they're ready, when they're financially ready to start a family, those kids are more likely to do better in school, they're more likely to be in a stable household. they're more likely to get the
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education that they need to enable tissue to be able to achieve the things they want to achieve when they leave the house. a lot of these initiatives around the country, we've really seen teen pregnancy rates drop 20%, 30% or more. it's been great. but i can tell you that in dallas county, while the teen pregnancy rate is dropping -- is dropping all over the country, we've seen it rise at an alarming rate. what does that tell me? that tells me if you see the teen pregnancy rate going up, and that you're going to kick all these people off their health care, that's going to be more of a strain on the social service system. the republicans used to pretend like they were for people to be having the opportunity to get off but once you take people's birth control away and not give them the options they need for family planning, you are increasing the social service system and the republican c.b.o. report actually point -- points
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that out and they're still going ahead with this. so i think that that is really what has -- what is sad. but i think that overall, what we want to get at tonight is that the affordable care act has been a lifeline for african-americans and african-american families. and the full repeal will snatch the safety net from out under the black community. despite the lies that our colleagues across the aisle and the white house want to spread about the a.c.a., my colleagues and i will continue to defend it to the very end. because it turns out the black community has a lot to lose under the republican health care plan. and i'm so glad that so many of our colleagues came out tonight. i'm glad that you're helping lead this hour. because we need to get the word out. we can stop something really devastating from happening here and the thing about it is that
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we need to be trying to stop something devastating from happening on a bipartisan basis because people lose their health care, getting left out in the cold, being kicked off of their health insurance, being -- tried to figure out if they have a pre-existing condition, how they're going to afford the -- being pushed back in a high risk pool. what is this going to do to so many americans. we're here to focus on the african-american community tonight with the congressional black caucus. what is this going to do to all americans. it's going to hurt them, going to hurt their bottom lines, going to hurt their families, going to leave them in financial disrepair. and i think it's going to be a sad day for our country. instead of trying to destroy something, we need to be trying to work together to try to strengthen the current system and make sure that all americans have the opportunity to be covered. ms. plaskett: i agree very much with everything you said. i particularly want to thank you for the stories of individuals.
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it's individuals that the affordable health care act was meant to cover. not groups of people but americans, everyday americans, children, disabled, our elderly. some of the reports say that trumpcare would be the largest transfer of wealth from working families to the rich in our nation's history. that the republicans are handing $600 billion in tax breaks to rich and big corporations through this bill while taking money away from those americans who have been able to have their health care needs taken care of in an affordable manner. you have fam -- you have families that are going to be paying more for less under trumpcare, deductibles and out of pocket costs will skyrocket, leaving sick people unable to afford the care they need. premiums soar, quality coverage is going to be priced out of reach for many families. we also heard earlier about the middle-aged americans being aged
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-- paying age tax that's going to come from this. that older americans will be forced to pay premiums five times higher than what others pay for health care coverage. so at this time, we would like to yield time, five minutes to the distinguished freshman congresswoman from the 10th district of florida, val demings, so she can explain to us how this trumpcare and the new health care act is going to affect her constituents and all americans, particularly african-americans in this country. mrs. demings: thank you, mr. speaker, and to the jerusalem from the vir injury -- -- and to the gentlewoman from the virgin islands and mr. richmond and all the distinguished members of the congressional black caucus, i want to thank you for leading this conversation this evening. president trump said it couldn't get any worse. for the african-american community. he asked the question, what did
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we have to lose? by supporting him? well, it's even clearer now that we have everything to lose. starting with health care. marion wright edelman said, and i quote, the question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child, but it is whether we can afford not to. health care we all know is one of the most important investments we can make in our children. nearly 12 million african-americans are insured through medicaid. , in orida, 41% of children
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my home state of florida, are covered through medicaid. this g.o.p. health care plan guts medicaid, cutting funding 10$880 billion over the next years. it also eliminates medicaid expansion, which covers 1.5 million african-americans. o what do we have to lose? families, children will lose their health care. for those who do not lose health care, they will be forced to pay higher premiums. that for some families could mean the difference between a doctor's visit and food on the
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table for some families. since the a.c.a. was signed into law seven years ago this seenday, our community has its insurance -- its insured increase to the highest number in recent history. for a community that has long faced increased barriers to health care access, and delayed doctor visits because of the cost, the a.c.a. has meant the difference between life and death. there is no question we can make the affordable care act more affordable for all americans. but this bill doesn't do that.
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so what do we have to lose? president trump and to my g.o.p. colleagues, i tell you the stakes could not the higher -- be higher. progress will be lost. progress that took many, many years to make. progress could be lost by repealing the a.c.a. the most vulnerable of people, the people we really should be taking care of in a country that we say is the greatest country in the world. i do believe that to be true. people that we should be taking our children,ding ill be hurt the hardest. florida has the nation's highest enrollment number in the a.c.a. for 7 million sign-ups
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2017. but not only does repeal hurt children, but in my home state of florida it also hurts millions of seniors. a recent analysis from aarp shows that florida will be ground zero for the republicans' health plan's effects. they found that nearly a half a million floridians between the ages of 50 and 64 would face higher premiums under the g.o.p. plan. more than any other state. he people affected the most, low-income seniors. so here is what at risk in florida's 10th congressional district -- the district's uninsured rate has gone from 22%
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to 15% since the a.c.a. was implemented. 343,000 individuals in the district who now have health insurance that covers preventive services like cancer screenings and flu shots, without any co-pays, they stand to lose this access. if the republican congress eliminates the a.c.a. provisions requiring health insurance to over preventive services without cost sharing. 392,000 individuals in the district with employer-sponsored health insurance are at risk of losing important consumer protections. 64,000 individuals in the district who have purchased high quality marketplace coverage now stand to lose their coverage if
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the republican congress marketplaces. over 60,000 individuals in the district who receive financial assistance to purchase marketplace coverage in 2016 are now at risk of coverage becoming unaffordable if the republican congress eliminates the premium tax credit. to lose? we have the evidence could not be clearer. thank you, and i yield back to my distinguished colleague from the virgin islands. ms. plaskett: thank you so much, congresswoman demings. in fact, it -- you do have a lot to lose. we see how florida, with its elders, its senior citizens, will really take a major hit
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from if this law is passed. and our colleagues have been giving us examples all the time. i'm always trying to let them know that the virgin islands stands as an example of what it will look like if the affordable care act is repealed. because the virgin islands doesn't have the expansion, we were not put in the mandate for the exchange. and that lass led to 30% of -- and that has led to 30% of virge islanders have absolutely no -- virgin islanders having absolutely no health insurance. which means our hospitals are strained because the hospitals have to pick up costs for individuals who are without health care, and, listen, if your child is ill or sick or you are dying, you're going to go to the hospital, whether you can take care of it or not. whether you can pay the bill or not. that's put a tremendous burden in our hospitals, for them to meet the costs of those 30% of individuals living in the virgin islands who cannot -- do not have health insurance, are not covered by either the government
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group insurance from the local government, or by the medicaid money that we utilize because we did not have the expansion. even that is scheduled to leave after the fiscal year 2019. and we're going to have to make choices of removing people from medicaid, of removing care from children, removing care from elderly and from individuals with disabilities. that's not a choice that americans should have to make in this day and age. that individuals do not receive health care. and i know, congressman veasey, that you are hearing from people in your own district who are giving you these same stories, about what's going to happen if i don't have health coverage? what's going to happen to my children if they're not able -- they have asthma, they have juvenile die beat, they have these issues -- diabetes, they have sthees issues and i'm not going to -- they have these issues and i'm not going to be able to take care of them or the medicaid is going to have to be pulled back in our state because it has to be catched and our
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state is not -- capped and our state is not a wealthy state and won't be able to make up the difference? i nouveau examples from other members -- i know you have examples from other members. mr. veasey: absolutely. one of the -- one of our colleagues who also happens to be my neighbor, eddie bernice johnson, you can easily make the argue thament she knows something about health care -- argument that she knows something about health care, considering she worked in the health care arena before she came to congress. not only did she work in the health care arena, she has a lot of people that were uninsured that were in her -- that live in her district, that are now insured because of the affordable care act. again, not only does she have that health care experience, he has sbn -- she's been out in the community and has met with people for many years now on health care, even before she came to the congress when she was in the state senate.
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so she sat down and she's talked with people. she understands why it's important for people to have health care. she understands why it can be financially hard on people when they're hit by catastrophic illness. she gave a speech on the house floor, or she has a speech that she's going to submit, where she talks about the fact that the district that she represents, the uninsured rate dropped 27.3%, all the way down to 20.8%. that was a huge, huge benefit for the constituents that she serves on a daily basis. parkland hospital, i mentioned parkland a little bit earlier. dallas county's public hospital, parkland hospital provided $1 billion in uncompensated care in 2015. $1 billion.
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and if this ryancare, trumpcare bill, were to become law, you can imagine what a large system like parkland, that already provides so much in uncompensated care, what they're going to be hit with. it is going to be absolutely devastating. i already talked about the fact also that texas, representative johnson talks about medicaid in her letter, i've already talked about the fact that texas made a big public policy blunder and decided not to take the money that the federal government was going to give them to help expand medicaid coverage. they just prefer to just leave all those people uninsured. now one of the things that will happen under this g.o.p. bill, that the congresswoman points t, is that the money will be -- sends people in a block grant. you can imagine the shortfalls that that would create, particularly in a large state
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like texas, because there's going to be shortcomings. hospital systems like parkland, like john peter smith, they're really going to be hit with a hammer, were this ever to pass and become law. just because they're already being pushed so much. and again, what just doesn't make any sense is that the republicans so prided themselves for so many years about being the party that was about self-empowerment and helping people out. ow they want to kick people of -- off of their insurance and having them go out in the cold and having them go back to parkland and john peter smith because they can't afford their insurance anymore from this. it doesn't make any sense. ms. plaskett: from our experience in the virgin islanded, that's what you don't want to -- islands, that's what you don't want to happen. who are these individuals, why don't they get jobs? in the virgin islands, when we had our largest employer, an oil refinery, close, of course then our unemployment rate went up.
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and these are families in need. families who need the support. with a cap on medicaid, we were only able to have 55% of individuals who would a qualify for medicaid -- who would qualify for medicaid, with that ceiling that was in place from the federal government. and it means a tremendous amount of children, homeless individuals, people, families that are out of work for a period of time are not covered. and that then creates this huge burden on a hospital for those families to be taken care of, for individual care and individual need. particularly in the african-american community, when you have things like diabetes, hypertension, all of these diseases which need constant monitoring and primary care physicians to take care of, to ensure that they do not become life-threatening and come to a place where then they are coming to the hospital and it's in the millions of dollars that you're going to need, support and care for the services of individuals with these diseases.
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i know that we are pushing that there be an expansion of medicaid, that the cap not be put on medicaid services. not because we want to coddle people who are poor, but because we know the necessary. and the cost of not taking care of them on the front end of health care with medicaid is an astronomical cost on the back end, when they have diseases that have just gone out of control because they have not been able to go and take care of primary care and the health care needs that they need. mr. veasey: all those are absolutely good points. i was talking about the uncompensated cost there for public hospitals. the one thing that i did not mention, and everybody knows this, is that if you don't have insurance and do you find yourself having to depend on the county hospital system or the public hospital system in your area, and those lines get longer and longer, which is what would happen if this bill were repealed. people have to remember that if someone's having an emergency
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and they know that the lines at the county hospital are just out of control and long, they're going to go to the private hospital. they're going to go to the nonprofit hospital, like in terrant county or dallas county. and those hospitals are going to take on uncompensated costs. that's what's going to end up happening. they can't get a regular appointment there without insurance, but if they go through the hospital emergency room, they can't be turned away. not only is not only is it going to be a burden on our county hospital system, it's going to be a burden on our nonpublic providers as well. and again, we need to remember that before the affordable care act, we had over a million people in dallas-fworts that did not have -- in dallas-fort worth that did not have insurance. i had the largest uninsured rate
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of any district in the country, and that surprises a lot of people just because of the growth an opportunities that have -- that the dallas-fworts area have been blessed with. have as-fort worth area been blessed with. then you expand that across the metroplex, talk about a million people in a prosperous area that still found themselves without insurance. and that's scary. i mentioned a little bit earlier, the district i represent, the uninsured rate nt from 37.9% to 31.4% since a.c.a. was implemented. 2,00 individuals now have coverage that covers preventive services like flu shots and checkups. when you talk about dialysis,
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kidney dial sess. i visited a kidney dialysis center in my district when i was first sworn in. i asked the doctor in charge of the center, i said there are a will the of younger people in ere and about 60% of the patients were african-american, about 40% were hispanic. there was one white patient that was in there. and the lady said, you know, it doesn't matter where you go, she goes, if you go to visit in of our country -- our clinics or dialysis center, this is what a typical day looks like. i said, what is it? is it 4e red tear? i don't understand what the problem is here. she said, no, a lot of it is because they weren't receiving the care they needed. and the sad part about that, she
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went on to ex-plane to me, is that sometimes it can be a person that has high blood pressure issues and if they'd gotten those high blood pressure issues addressed, it could have been the difference between them taking some high blood pressure medicine instead of them having to give up their careers and go and sit in a chair to receive dialysis treatment, two to three hours each time. that's sad. she also talked about diabetes. about how some people have diabetes than i -- and they don't get that diabetes treated in time, maybe they didn't even know they had diabetes, again. that's something, type ii diabetes is very treatable. you can imagine the difference between treating somebody, giving them a prescription to treat their type ii diabetes or their high blood pressure, versus your earning capacity being greatly diminished by you
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having to go sit in a chair two, three or more times, three or four days a week, versus if they had just been able to go to a primary kear physician and that's the type of thing is giving people the opportunity to get those things treated before they become more costly to the system. and that's something that is being missed. the other thing that i think scares everybody, doesn't matter if you, again, live in my district or live in one of the many districts in the dallas-fort worth metroplex, when you start talking about people with pre-existing conditions and when you start talking about the fact that people are going to lose consumer protections that have been put in place under the affordable care act and that they're going to see those killed rother texts like the prohibition on annual and lifetime limits, protections against unfair policy, and the
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coverage of pre-existing conditions again if you see the a.c.a. repeal, it's people like that, that for the first time, they didn't have to worry about those limbs and they're going to see that snatched away from them. and that is just, that's really one of the tragedies. 27,000 people in the district that i represent, again, they receive financial assistance to purchase marketplace coverage in 2016. now they're going to risk being uninsured again. and the insurance is going to be unaffordable under the republican plan. there's just so many stories like that. and again, one of the things hat i didn't point out about some of the people that are going to lose some of those consume brother texts, some of those people have, they've worked really hard on their
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jobs, still working on their jobs, and they're going to be hit with those lifetime limits. and it's going to be completely unfair to them while they're out there working hard every day, it was something they didn't have to worry about before, or at least when the a.c.a. was put in place. if that a.c.a. is repealed, they'll be subject to that too. i think the narrative that has been put out there by the republicans is that no, it's just people that are just taking advantage of the system. but understand that there are people that fall into these categories that we're talking about right now that get up and they go and work hard every day, every single day. and they have health insurance on their jobs. and they're going to be greatly impacted by this. and speaking of people that go and work hard on the job every day, you know, one of the things that i know a lot of democrats would like to see put in place, even some republicans have said they'd like to see put in place they want to see the cadillac
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tax repealed. and that's not happening. under this republican plan. that's completely out of it. and so again, a lot of problems with this. a lot of unfairness about this. people that are going to be harmed and affected. and so, i hope that we can work in a bipartisan manner to really stop this from happening. and again, like we're here talking about tonight, the african-american community in particular will really be hit verying very hard. ms. plaskett: thank you for all the examples you've given. real world, real people examples. i think it's important that all of us as members of congress really take to heart the worts we're hearing from americans that are going to be affected by this. particularly in the african-american community. this is going to be a devastating effect on them to have this affordable care act to be repealed and this replacement. it does not take into account the lives of people -- that
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people are really living. this is really a tax break bill. that's what this boils down to in many respects. because the individuals who are going to be displaced from this are those individuals who are the poor. and you know, i just want to thank you, congressman veasey, for the time you've given thus evening and all our colleagues who are here and spoke about the affordable care act and what the african-american community and what many americans have to lose from this bill. and so we at this time we conclude this c.b.c. special order hour. i would like to yield back the remainder of our time to the speaker at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker.
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mr. speaker, before i begin, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the topic of the special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so order. mr. burgess: i thank the speaker for the recognition. mr. speaker, october of last year, october of 2016, bill clinton speaking in front of a group of people in michigan, said, so you've got this crazy system, there are all these people out there who are busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, and they wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. it is the craziest thing in the world. mr. speaker, i don't often agree with former president bill clinton but that quote pretty much sums up why we are here
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doing what we are doing this week with trying to fix the problems inherent in the affordable care act. now look, sometimes people turn -- tuning in and watching these hours must wonder how can it be we're talking about the same thing where one side says it's good and one side says it's not. mr. speaker, it may help to set some of the historical context. i'd like to do that tonight. i'd like to talk about the beginnings of what we now know as the affordable care act, some people refer to it as obamacare. this is a bill that was signed into law seven years ago this month. but it didn't just spring forth. there was a lot of work involved in bringing it forward and getting it heard and getting it voted on on the floor of this house. i was part of the energy and commerce committee that summer.
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as i still am today. the energy and commerce committee did hear what was then h.r. 3100 several hours of markup in the committee. several days of markup. other committees marked it up. and h.r. 3100 was a thousand-page bill that left our committee, i didn't vote for the bill, i didn't think it was a good idea but it did have republican amendments at the end of that process. that bill then went to the speaker's office. not to the budget committee but to the speaker's office and speaker pelosi put et together and when it emerged it was a ,000-page bill that really didn't have much -- a 2,000-page bill that really didn't have much to do with the bill marked up in the committee. nevertheless, the bill came to the floor of this house and in november of 2009, significant amount of debate, significant amount of anxiety expressed on the republican side and even some on the democratic side, and
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the bill was passed by a very slim majority. the bill went over to the senate. and that was the end of that bill. what happened next was there were -- it was not exactly a bill but several drafts of several ideas that people had over on the senate side. and the senate took up a bill that the house had previously passed, h.r. 3590 was the number of that bill, and the senate debated and passed that bill on christmas eve of 2009. you may remember there was a snowstorm that was descending upon washington, kind of a familiar story. a snowstorm that was coming to town. the senators wanted to get home before the snowstorm hit. and they passed h.r. 3590. remember, back in those days, the senate -- the democrats had a 60-vote majority in the senate. they were able to cut off debate and pass the bill on a party line vote with 60 democratic
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senators voting in favor of that bill. and then something strange happened. the democrats actually lost a senate seat in a special election in the state of massachusetts that they weren't expecting to lose. as a consequence of losing that senate seat, now instead of a 60-vote majority they had a 59-vote majority. so they could not cut off debate. it was not a filibuster proof majority. and harry reid told nancy pelosi, who was then the speaker of the house, well, i've done everything i can do. you're just going to have to pass our bill as it is. i can't make any changes to it. peaker pelosi wisely said, i'm paraphrasing here because i don't remember the exact quote, she said, i haven't got 100 votes for that thing over here in the house. i think she was right. but they worked on it. president obama worked on it. and three months later in march of 2010, indeed, they did bring
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that vote up on the house, passed exactly what had passed in the snaths and as a consequence, since the senate bill was actually an amendment to the a house bill that didn't have anything to do with health care in the first place, but sense it was only an amendment to a house bill that had passed the house, so many as are in favor agree with the amendment to the senate bill, the number being 218, that bill went down to the president for a signing ceremony that very same week. and thus was born the affordable care act. now, what had led us to the point where former president bill clinton would say it's a crazy system? look, there's a lot of discussion back and forth, certainly republicans, when they took the majority, shortly after that bill was signed into law, and i would submit because that bill was signed into law, republicans regained the majority in the house of
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representatives in 2011. and since that time have had a number of votes either trying to repeal the affordable care act, improve the affordable care act and a number of those votes have indeed been bipartisan votes. that is democrats have voted with republicans. i think the total count is there have been 47 democratic votes to either repeal, replace, reform, repair, the affordable care act. so it really has been a bipartisan effort these past seven years. we are we are where we are today because of the problems that exist in the bill development spite the talk that we heard in the last hour, despite that talk , look, people are suffering under this. there's a gentleman back home in my district, i think he's a plumber by profession. he's previous by i will been diagnosed with -- previously been diagnosed with bladder cancer. under his affordable care act policy, yeah, he gets to go see
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his primary care doctor once a year. his primary care doctor tells him, you need to go to a specialist but his deductible is so high he doesn't do it. so he's got access to insurance, but he doesn't really have access to the kind of care that he needs, that could be life saving and could prevent him from having a much greater problem down the road. so we can all bring our individual stories out. but the fact of the matter is, access to coverage is not the ame thing as access to care. now, during the course of the campaign in this last fall, and i remember this very specifically. because november 1 was the day that the new rates came out, the open enrollment period for the affordable care act opened up on november 1. and people got a glimpse of what their marketplace rates were. and as the consequence of those marketplace rates, really people started to pay attention.
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there was still another week to go before election day. and people started to pay a significant amount of attention to what the rates were. but it isn't just the rates. it's the access. 1/3 of u.s. counties have only one insurer willing to sell in the marketplace in those counties. i think the number is either five or seven states that have entire states that only have one insurance company. well, that's not really choice. that's not really access. that in fact is a monopoly. in 2017, was a year marked by a sharp rise in premium increases across the country. seven states saw premium increases of more than 50%. texas was about 25%. some states went up over 100%. the individual mandate, which was part and parcel of the
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affordable care act, the most coerce fings -- coercive federal legislation passed since the income tax passed 100 years ago, the individual mandate is the reason that the affordable care act has never, never achieved widespread popularity. even with the individual mandate, that is, we're going to send the internal revenue service out, we're going to make them make you buy health insurance, over 19 million taxpayers elected to pay the mandate penalty or claim a hardship exemption. so 6 1/2 million individuals paid the penalty. over 12 1/2 million people claimed a hardship exemption. according to the internal .evenue service's own files the centers for medicare and medicaid services reported that 10 1/2 million individuals enrolled in an exchange plan through the first half of 2016. so more than twice that number
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chose to either exempt themselves through a hardship waiver or just simply pay the fine and walk away from the obligation to purchase insurance. look, i'm firmly of the belief that the individual mandate has no place in a free society. the one central thesis of the affordable care act that i long to see repealed is the repeal of the individual mandate. while we're at it, we might as well take care of the employer mandate. oh, by the way, president obama delayed the employer mandate for two full years. not by a house passed bill but by administrative fiat. he simply decided prior to the fourth of july in 2013 that, you know what, this employer mandate's going to cause trouble, and trouble in the next congressional election, so i'll just suspend it. in a blog post, put up by valerie jarrett on the evening of july 2 in 2013, the employer mandate was simply suspended for
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a couple of years. because it was felt to be too onerous. and the effect that they feared it would have on the midterm elections in 2014. time after time the obama administration took it upon themselves to delay or turn back a portion of their own law. and there were multiple times where there were votes taken on this floor. i think of the 1099. the paperwork that was going to be required in the business to business transactions. the 1099 forms that were required under obamacare, that were repealed by this house. in a bipartisan fashion. because it did pass in the senate and the senate was controlled by democrats at the time. the class act. particularly onerous part of the mmunity living access and to provide some help with long-term care, except it really didn't.
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it was in an actuarial death spiral even before it was enacted. it was one of those things in the affordable care act where you paid for 10 years of taxes and got six years of benefits. when they got finished collecting the taxes, it was decided that they'd better do away with the benefit, because in fact there was no benefit there at all. time after time in a bipartisan fashion this house has taken action to restrict or remodel or repair or repeal portions of the affordable care act. we're now coming on you a time where -- on a time where significant change is going to occur in the affordable care act -- in health -- in the issuance of health care in this country. the change is going to be tough. we always knew it would be. but it is the right change. the energy and commerce committee, ways and means committee, then the budget committee have put together legislation that we'll be hearing up in the rules committee later this week. the american health care act,
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which will come to the floor before the end of this week. and let me just make a prediction. it will pass the floor of this house. i see that i'm joined by a colleague this evening and i wanted to provide him some time to talk on this issue or really any issue that may come to his mind. i'd like to recognize the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. my good friend, representative burgess, from texas. we are very blessed to have representative burgess' leadership on the energy and commerce subcommittee, as he health subcommittee. and brings his years of experience. i want to thank him for his leadership and for holding this here tonight. mr. speaker, every day i hear stories from folks all across my district in the first congressional district in georgia, in southeast georgia. they've been forced to choose. they've been forced to choose
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between paying their monthly insurance premium or buying other essentials for their families. i want to give you an example of someone that i'm talking about. a real-life example. someone who has experienced this. consider the case of bob joyner. bob joyner is an independent advisor in south georgia. his wife, kim, is -- works in a small practice and does not -- that does not provide health care benefits. bob and kim exercise regularly, they watch their nutrition, they're fortunate to have no health problems. they also have a 28-year-old son, wesley. in 2016, bob's monthly health care premium increased 134%. and his son's health care insurance climbed to an astonishing 190%. in total, their 2016 annual premiums were $4,285. for their son wesley, and for
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them. or for their son wesley it was $4,285. and for them it was $19,026. the joyners should have been hopeful that in 2017 they could change their plan for something more affordable. but thanks to obamacare, that wasn't the case. you see, what obamacare has done is to limit choices. in 2017 there was only one obamacare-compliant plan that was accessible to the joiners on the healthcare.gov website. an additional policy featuring a higher deductible with lower premiums was available, however, the plan was not obamacare-compliant, leaving the joiners subjected to the penalty. before obamacare, the joiners family annual premium was $7,400 . at the time they had access to multiple providers and dozens of plan designs. unfortunately obamacare had
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brought chaos into the health care system. and the joiners are not alone. this is just one example. one example of many throughout my district and throughout america. of what obamacare's done. you see, obamacare's done essentially three things. first of all, it's taken away choice. it's limited choices. representative burgess mentioned the fact that 1/3 of the counties in america right now only have one provider. only one provider. that's not a choice. five states only have one provider. that's not a choice. 16 counties in tennessee new york provider -- tennessee, no provider. no one. that is not sustainable. you know, we had a situation that faced us here in the majority party, in the republican party. we had to decide, what are we going to do? should we even touch health care or should we just leave it
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alone? we did the right thing. we said, we need to rescue, we need to rescue the health care system here in america. we've got to act and we've got to act now. obamacare's imploding. we know that. premiums have gone up on average this year 25%. in seven states they've gone up over 50%. simply not sustainable. it is decrease -- it has decreased choices and increased costs. and it's also caused much red tape and many obstacles between patients. and there are health care provider, -- and their health care providers. and that is not the way health care is supposed to be in america. i am a strong believer in health care. i am the only pharmacist currently serving in congress. my professional career, like representative burgess, has been dedicated to health care. and i'm just not going to sit around and watch the greatest health care system in the world be ruined.
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that's why we have passed -- that's why we have passed out of three committees us this far the american health care act -- had thus far the american -- th umbing s far the american health care act -- thus far the american health care act. it will be on the floor this week. thursday will be a historical day for our country. it will be a historical day for health care in america. because what are we going to be offering? we're going to be offering a plan that increases choices, that increases accessibility, that cuts red tape. that removes barriers between patients and health care professionals. hat empowers, empowers people. that empowers citizens. to be able to make their own health care choices. instead of having washington, d.c., and their -- in their infinite wisdom and infinite knowledge tell what you you need to have, you now will decide what you need to have. what's best for you. what's best for your family.
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and that's what it's all about. that's one of the many reasons it's so good. this plan offers so many good things in it. health savings accounts, to be able to put more into a health savings account, to be able to roll it over from year to year, to be able to increase the amount and even to pass it on to survivors. we utilize health -- or we utilize tax credits. make sure that no, unlike obamacare, you're not penalized for not having insurance. but instead you're rewarded for having insurance. that's what we're going to do. you know, of all the things, of all the bad things that i think obamacare's done to the health care system in america, i think the two worst things, are first of all, taking the free market out of health care. no more competition. as we noted earlier. but the second thing has been
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this medicaid expansion. and that really is something that i take offense to. listen, medicaid's a great program. it is a program that is necessary. it is a safety net program. it is intended to take care of the aged, the blind, the disabled, children and mothers. it was never intended to be for able adults. that's not what a safety program is about. under obamacare, i hear the other party say, well, we've added 20 million people onto the insurance rolls. well, let's look at that now. 14 1/2 million of those people were added on to medicaid expansion. we shouldn't be calling this obamacare. we should be calling it obamacaid. able-bodied adults added onto a safety net program. we're revising medicaid. we're reforming medicaid. medicaid's going to be even better for those people who need
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it. instead of diluting that program, we're going to make sure that those people who truly need it, the aged, the blind, the disabled, children and mothers, that they have more access to it, as they should. we promised, we promised three things, among many things, but we promised, hey, we're going to keep a couple of things in here. we're going to make sure that parents can continue to have their children up to age 26 on their insurance. we promised that we were going to make sure that pre-existing conditions were going to be included and that would you not be kicked off of your health insurance. and we promised that we were going to have a stable transition. and we're doing just that. we are delivering on those promises. i get asked, what about that 100% to 138% of the federal poverty level? what are you doing for them? we came up with a refoundable tax credit that's going to be going to pay their insurance. that'll go directly to pay your
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insurance. the american health care act delivers on what we promised. what we promised is that we would have more choices. what we promised is that we would have more accessibility. what we promised is that we would empower patients and we are doing that. we are empowering people. we are rescuing health care in america. i intend to vote for this plan thursday night and i'm going to be very proud to vote for it. we are going to rescue the health care system that i practiced in for over 30 years. i've seen how competition works in the health care system. i've practiced in it. i've competed in it. i've seen how it lower cost -- lowers costs. and it will lower costs. people now will be empowered to have the ability to choose their own insurance instead of being mandated from washington, d.c. what kind of insurance they should have.
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i want to thank leadership for what they have done to pull this together. i want to thank the president. the president is behind this. president trump made it one of his campaign promises, we're going to repeal and replace obamacare. it amazes me the media seems to -- i get asked quite often, can you believe he's doing this? can you believe he's doing that? i just think, didn't he tell you he was going to do this? didn't he tell you he was going to do that? i think they're just amazed that we have somebody in the white house who is delivering on promises that he made. and he's doing just that. this is a historical week in congress. thursday will be a historical day. we are rescuing health care. i'm going to be proud to vote for this bill. i want to thank leadership, i want to thank the white house, i want to thank representative burgess who has been a great leader through all this and has had a big part in all this. we want to thank you,
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representative burgess, for your part in this as well. mr. burgess: will the gentleman yield? mr. carter: i yield. mr. burgess: as the gentleman know, he and i spent 27 1/2 hours in a committee markup two weeks ago getting us to this point so the gentleman from texas thanks the gentleman from georgia for his part and his participation. that was a very long markup but you stayed attentive and asked good questions and offered good insights all the way to the end and we're very fortunate to have you on the committee. i've been on the committee a few more years but it was certainly one of the nights on that committee that i will long remember. i yield back to the gentleman. mr. carter: thank you, mr. chairman. again, i want to thank you for doing this here tonight and i want to thank everyone who has been involved in this and i yield back. mr. burgess: the chair thanks the gentleman. will the gentleman maintain his position for just a moment,
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perhaps we can engage in a brief colloquy. the gentleman was not here in 2009-2010 when this thing came down the pipe but you may remember the town hall meet frgs that summer, that august of 2009 and they were pretty intense. we hear a lot about town hall meetings today but i promise you they were every bit if not more so, intense during august of 2009. and my -- i look back on that, mr. carter, what i remember is really two things that people were asking. yes, it was -- it wasn't nearly as long as what the affordable care act ended up being, but 1,000-page00-page -- bill. but two things i took away from those town hall meetings in district, number one, don't mess up what we've got. we have something. it may be impeverfect but it's
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working for us and our families right now. so don't hurt that. the other thing they would ask is, if you're going to do anything at all, cold you please help us with cost? because we are concerned about the cost of these products and we are concerned what the trajectory may be for the cost going up other time. so i would just ask the gentleman from georgia, since he was a citizen at that time, how does the gentleman from georgia think we did with those two requests that were coming to us from our constituents? i use the term we advisedly, obviously, i voted against that bill, but how do you think, as things turned out with the affordable care act, how did that turn out for the american health care consume her mr. carter: as we say in south georgia, the proof is in the pudding and the proof is right here. premiums have gone up this year. that amazes hing me is we have almost created two
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new classes of uninsured. first of all, through obamacare, it has mandated that people have insurance, so you've got a class who have insurance but their deductibles are so high they can't afford to use it. there you have a new class of uninsured. then you have another class of people who were able to afford insurance before but now it's gotten so expensive they pay the penalty. they can't even afford it. i think it's done just the opposite of what it was intended to do. i've heard this same argument, that we had to do something, that it was cost -- that costs were rising. i will agree that costs, we have to address health care costs. we do. and we are. in fact, we're doing it this week. and remember that is the first phase. what we vote on as you pointed out, what we vote on this week is only the first phase. we've got two more phases to go. in those two phases we intend to do a lot that's going to help control health care costs. i like to give the example, if
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you'llen indulge me just a minute, when i was still practicing pharmacy, and i tell you this to explain how competition works, i was still practicing pharmacy, still had my farmly, still owned it at the time and this drugstore opened down the street. tiny company, i'm trying to remember the name, oh, yeah, it was wal-mart. they decided they wanted to be a player in the health care system, in the pharmacy system, the pharmacy market. so they came out with this idea, it was, they were going to sell a 30-day supply of generics for $4. i thought to myself, they must be crazy. i can't even buy it for that much. and i bowed my back and i said, i'm not going to do that i'm not going do that. guess what, a week later, i was ding it. i called my supplier up and said, you got to do something here. you got to help me. that's the way competition in health care works.
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when you got choices. when you got competition. prices go down. quality goes up. you know, sometimes we get caught up too much in the numbers game, thinking, oh, we got all these lives covered. coverage does not necessarily equate quality health care. as you well understand. we have to be very careful with that. now we want people to have coverage and we want them more so to have quality health care. and we -- this plan addresses that. it addresses it by increasing choices, by increasing competition, by increasing accessibility, and by empowering people. i'm very proud, i'm going to be very proud to vote for this bill on thursday. mr. burgess: does the gentleman yield? mr. carter: i yield. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman for participating this evening, it means a lot to me individually that you were willing to come up and stay up
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late with us, one more night dealing with the affordable care act. but the gentleman is quite correct. the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. this is a three-part program. this is the the first part, the first phase that will happen on thursday night. this deals with some of the more egregious aspects of the affordable care act. those things that can be tackled through senate rules of reconciliation, that only require 51 senators to get passed. that is one part of this. another part is the administrative part and your former colleague from georgia, tom price, physician who is now secretary tom price from department of health and human services, he has an ad mrtive part that is actually already under way, we dent have to wait for that to happen. it is already occurring. and then there's the third part. so-called regular order part. the part that will require 60 votes on the senate side. the part that is by its very nature going to be bipartisan.
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we have reported two rules out of the rules committee tonight. one on the mccarran-ferguson changes that i think the gentleman is well -- is well aware of. there are already additional dill -- additional bills that will be coming to the floor of the house that are separate and apart from this reconciliation bill which is just the first step in repealing the affordable care act. i do want to point out, governor price, i beg your pardon you got me started on that last fall. secretary price sent a letter to the governors last week or a week and a half ago now talking about some of the waivers that he is bringing forward right now, the 1332 waivers, which are waivers for parts of the affordable care act and quoting from his letter here, under section 1332 of the affordable care act, states can apply for state innovation waivers and pursue innovative strategies to adopt many of the law's requirements to suit the state's specific needs so details to
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receive approval what someone has to, what a state has to do. but he stresses in this letter and in one of the last paragraphs, we encourage states interested in applying for section 1332 waivers to reach out. the departments are promptly going to provide assistance in formulating an approach that meets the requirements of section 1332. i know the gentleman hasn't served here that long but i will tell you that's a sea change of difference from the federal agency. the federal agency which time after time told our governors no, stop, go back to go do not collect $200, you can't do that. now we have secretary at the agency who is reaching out to the governors, governor, we want to help you make this work for you. we are going to provide the flexibility that you need and one of the things that i think is perhaps most promising is the -- the high brit high risk pool
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state operated reinsurance programs that have been proven in several states already. states that were in a sho so-called death spiral because of guaranteed issue community rating, the premiums were going up. people were dropping their coverage. and now these states have expanding coverage even without the things that we're providing in the american health care act that we're going to be doing later this week but already by providing that flexibility at the agency level, states are able to provide some relief for their citizens. and then finally, the part three of this, there are going to be some muss-pass health care bills that will be coming up through our committee. we'll have an opportunity to work on those things. we're going to work on the food and drug administration user fee agreement re-authorization so we'll have that which can happen as a bipartisan exercise in our committee and i will just stress the energy and commerce committee has a history of doing things in a bipartisan fashion, one of the reasons that -- why i
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enjoy serving on that committee, it has been, it's a thoughtful committee and it does do things in a bipartisan fashion and generally that is one of the strengths of the committee as it brings legislation to the floor. this is an important first step. it's a necessary first step. this is the key that gets us through the door of actually making a meaningful impact on cost and coverage in these united states. it has been seven long years. i'm anxious and eager to get started on the next part of the process. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia for joining me here this evening and mr. speaker, with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, for 30 minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr.
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speaker. this is an important week, a lot of things we're bringing up, but nothing more important than the bill that is supposed to address it affordable care act as was called, but it's kind of tough to call it that since it's been completely unaffordable for so many, so many lost their their insurance, and lost doctor. some lost medication that they were taking before. now no longer approved under their new policy. so it's been a very difficult period of time as obamacare has been foisted on the country. came so close to not passing.
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came so close to not passing. and every republican has promised, you give us the majority in both houses and the president and we will repeal it. and believe that majority leader mcconnell said we'll peal it, rip it out root and branch. republican leaders mentioned lock, stock and barrel. and i have such great respect for my friend who were just speaking here. real problem with the bill. we're told there will be three phases, three buckets, three stages, whatever you want to call it. first will be to pass this bill.
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of eaves in place the parts bamacare that caused insurance to skyrocket. it's leaving in place the part of obamacare that caused deductibles to rise from very little to thousands and so ands of dollars beyond many americans' ability to ever reach so that the insurance they are paying money every month, but they realized, i $8,000 to 5,000, pay the deductible, so therefore i'm paying for nothing. especially young people have found this. we are told that it's because the senate has what they refer to as the byrd rule that would
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not allow us to take the part that's not currently in the bill regarding all the regulations. we're told that the byrd rule and we looked into it, bill is moving under reconciliation, as this is, then in the senate, in essence, it must do more than effect the budget incidentally, must materially affect the budget. and yet we know that if we repeal all of the part that's being put off to stage two or three, particularly stage two, the regulations, that were put in place by the obama administration, the regulatory authority that was given to them, by putting that off, it
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means the prices that dramatically skyrocketed, are not going to skyrocket down. we're told, well they may go up some, but, you know, we think there is a good chance they'll come down 10%, but for my constituents, so many of which either lost their insurance are now paying skyrocketing prices two, three, four times more than what they used to pay, a 10% drop will not be a help at all. their deductibles will not be coming down any time soon. but we are told with the regulatory reform that my good friend, secretary tom price will do, that will be the phase, the stage, the bucket that will drop the prices.
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but when i read through -- and i know sole people say 2,700 pages, my two part and i have two copies, $2,500 pages, so unless there is 200 pages, i did read the bill more than 1,400 and someone said times, i know it's a lot. the secretary of health and human services is given wide discretion in putting in place rules and regulations to implement the act. we've heard there will no doubt be immediately litigation files, lawsuits filed, trying to overturn the regulations that are put in place by secretary price.
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well, since i have had experience in litigation, including federal litigation, federal appeals, what would be the issue? well, the issue would be whether or not the secretary of health and human services has authority to create regulations that will, in effect, so etely destroy the bill that eventually the prices will come back down, the deductibles will come back down. that's what we are told. and i trust secretary price will do everything within his power to make this happen. so secretary price will come that d with regulations will emasculate the bill and he
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mass can you late obamacare. and the bill is filed. and it will come back to a a ge, an a.m. at judge, as state district judge, i handled cases and matters that i knew a going to be appealed as chief justice of an a.m. ate court, made those decisions and sat in on discussions with other justices. and so i think we're in a good position to annual idse what ould happen on appeal. we know the secretary has wide iscretion promulgating the regulations, the rules, to bring about the implementation
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a.c.a., ntent of the obamacare. but the question will be on appeal, does the secretary of health and human services have to authority under the bill render it meaningless? i'm not aware of justices at the a.m. at level who are a great deal more conservative than i was, but i believed in following the law, even though at times i did not like the law, would not legislate from the bench and in a case such this, you would look, yes, the secretary should have wide discretion to implement the intention of the bill, so that it's carried out.
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but it would certainly seem more powerful argument, perhaps most likely the winning argument will be yes, but he doesn't have discretion to kill the bill. he has discretion, wide discretion to implement the bill and carry out the intent of the bill. and i just can't help that think again back to words from my late friend, justice scalia, and we weren't talking about a specific case, because he never trayed the trust that he had as a member as an associate justice of the u.s. supreme court. we were talking about things in general. and he said, you know, at times, it bothered him that
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congress had the power to end some bill, to change some law and yet, we seem to put a rubber stamp and encourage people to go file a lawsuit to get the law struck down instead of just winning the vote in the house and senate and repealing the law. the words that really come backr if you guys in congress n't have the guts to do what needs to be done, that you have the power to do and you are supposed to do, don't come running over to us at the u.s. supreme court to do your job for you. he's right. this body, along with the senate, has the power to do
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exactly what we have promised for seven years we would do if we got the house, the senate and the presidency. we would repeal obamacare. now i don't know how many there are of us that cannot vote for a bill that will leave in place the regulations and the parts that made our insurance skyrocket that caused me to lose my insurance and i wouldn't take the subsidy for three years until we got insurance through other means. because the law is very clear. members of congress, we weren't supposed to get that. i went without insurance for a few years. but we promised our quints we ould repeal obamacare.
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so what about -- we're told this part that can't make it through the byrd rule in the senate. 51 votes could change the byrd rule. for another there is nothing that is going to materially affect the budget. and this reckconsillings or any other, than bringing the price of health insurance and health care down dramatically. that's more appropriate under the byrd rule than the whole other part that we're told will make it through the byrd rule in the senate. the most important part is the most part. that will give control back to the patients and the doctors and allow the states to come up with new ideas and new ways to provide health care and get it
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to those that need it. but more important than anything, it restores supreme in america that has been lacking since that will bill passed and when the government is in charge of every americans' health care, the american people has a pie right to tell how everyone should live. it became hollow and the government came into our bedroom, dining room, everywhere in the house, it has to be repealed as mitch mcconnell has said, rip it out ruth and branch. and who is going to make the decision on what seems so clear should allow all of obamacare to be repealed. who is going to make that
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decision? well, we know the vice president can come down, right on down to the capitol. come down pennsylvania avenue. come into the senate chamber. he is the president of the senate and i couldn't be more thrilled than he is. if he isn't able to come, the majority leader could sit in he chair or appoint someone to sit in the chair, pu it will beal republican who decides that all of obamacare can be revealed, but especially the part that is left out right now. mr. speaker, i know the president's coming. and i am so glad that we have this chance, because he is president.
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and i believe that the esident of the united states ho's been so -- this bill that won't bring down prices, maybe 0% we are told someday, and he deserves better. he does not to be deserved and slapped in the face with a midterm election when prices have not come down as people pushing this bill know, they won't. maybe 10%. that's not going to change votes of those we know to appeal. we needed the power to do a full power repeal and we should do it a fullry peel. get patients back to a doctor-
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patient relationships. i'm told that the health insurance lobbyists have been active and people in our leadership are listening, but if that's true, thinks are the same people with big farms that signed off on ork and meant they would make billions more pu in the long-term they stind their death for the and the only way to do that is to by root and branch. it's what needs to happen. for those of my colleagues who are getting nervous about having pressure from the house, ressure from the house
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leaders, prap from from the senate leaders, it's nothing like the pressure you will get from your constituents when they sound out you didn't do anything thing to make it their lives pier. and all of those policies that they're still there. and in the meantime, the new regulations by the great secretary of health and human services in whom i have great faith, they'll be tied up in litigation. maybe they get to the supreme court in two years. maybe they don't. maybe the longer. and the american people continue to suffer because we didn't have the guts to do what we should do, what we promised we would do. and that is repeal obamacare.
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i'd like to keep the senate majority in 2018. i am convinced the only way we do that is if enough of us endure the name calling in the short term and stand up and say no on this bill that doesn't keep our promises. it's got some good stuff in it. no question. but it doesn't keep our promises. and if enough of us will do that then maybe we can get the senate and the house leadership to agree to do what we promised. then the president will be held in 2018 -- hailed in 2018 as prices of insurance actually come down. people are given their freedom back to choose their doctor, heir health insurance.
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nd the short stint of the name calling now calling now ends up paying dividends in a glorious future. mr. speaker, thank you for recognizing me. we'll see how the week plays out. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair would entertain a motion to adjourn. mr. gohmert: at this time i move with do now hereby adjourn -- we do now hereby adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10:00

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